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BearPup 29. Apr 2014 06:03 PM

New Tablet Apps
Hello All,

At the risk of being inundated with suggestions, I've just bought my first tablet. Its a Double Power brand from Wal-mart. Its got a dual-core processor @ 1.6 GHz, HD graphics, 1 GB RAM, Android 4.2, 8 GB Flash drive with micro SDHC for added storage, and USB 2.0 & HDMI ports.

Now the question: given the above specs, what apps should I be looking to download to the machine when I get it? Please be specific if possible, i.e., if you are going to recommend an anti-virus app please name a specific brand of anti-virus app.

As an example of what I find indispensable, I have Start Menu X, AVG Anti-virus, Photo Designer 7 (by Magix), privatefirewall, Hard Disk Sentinel, Xplorer2 (file manager), PaleMoon browser (Firefox derivative), Thunderbird for email, and Sumatra PDF reader. These are the specifics, if they aren't available for Android (which I expect), my question is what do I replace those applications with on a tablet?

Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated. Freeware preferred over paid apps, and frequently missed or passed over apps are fine as long as you have specific experience to the contrary. Again, many, many thanks.



MidnightCowboy 29. Apr 2014 06:48 PM

Have you looked here?

Anupam 30. Apr 2014 07:00 AM

Apart from the link that MC posted, also look here:

You will find all Android related articles. Mainly these are apps that are featured weekly, but you will also find "best free" articles for different categories, which you can go through and choose your app for that category.

BearPup 30. Apr 2014 08:12 PM

My thanks to both Midnight Cowboy & Anupam for responding. From your answers I take it there is no common category of "must have" apps, like there is for Windows (antivirus, file manager replacement, uninstall replacement, etc.). There is also a best free Android Apps at, but here too, there is no common thread of "must have" apps like there is for Windows.

The lack of specifics for "must have" app categories is surprising to me, but everyone seems to be at that same place. I find that to be curious, but it seems to be the universal response. And again, my thanks for your responding to me.

Jojo Yee 01. May 2014 01:10 AM

Besides the megalists, we do have separate category reviews for Android apps BearPup even though there're not as many as we have for Windows desktop apps since our site started reviewing Windows software before extending to other platforms.

To name a few, here's a short list you may find useful even though some are stubs for volunteer editors to take on:

We'll continue to add more categories so please let us know if you have any particular category that you think we must add.

See also: 9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat)

BearPup 01. May 2014 06:26 PM

@Jojo Yee: Thank you for your listing of apps, there are several categories that I am immediately drawn to as they mirror my Windows usage. It is exactly the type of listing I was hoping for. My usage categories are:
  • Security (antivirus, firewall, anti-keylogger, and anti-malware / spyware).
  • File and PDF manager.
  • Word processor / extended note taking programs.
  • Internet (web browser, password manager, email application).
  • System utilities (drive cleaner, startup monitor, defrag application, data and OS backup).
  • Imaging applications (photo editing and cataloging, slideshow maker / image sharing application, image size reducer, icon editor, color printing formatter).

And I see in your listing just about all of the items on my list are in groupings. If I can help in anyway, feel free to contact me. Again my thanks.


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